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Carolyn M. Hettrich, MD, MPH

  • Conditions treated

    Shoulder arthritis,  Shoulder instability,  Rotator cuff tears – partial and full-thickness,  Biceps tendonitis,  AC joint separations and pain,  SC joint instability and pain,  Shoulder/clavicle/scapular fractures,  Elbow instability – medial (Tommy John) and lateral ligament tears,  Distal biceps ruptures,  Chondral and osteochondal lesions in the elbow,  Little league shoulder and elbow,  Scapular pain/dyskinesis
  • About

    Carolyn M. Hettrich attended medical school at the University of Washington and completed an orthopaedic surgery residency and orthopaedic research fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. She completed a sports medicine / shoulder surgery fellowship at the Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute in Nashville and worked as an assistant professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation at the University of Iowa.

    Dr. Hettrich is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Orthopaedic Research Society, the American Medical Association and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and she has held various leadership positions in these organizations.

    Faculty Rank

    Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery


    University of Washington, School of Medicine, Seattle


    Orthopaedics/Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery/ Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York


    Sports Medicine, Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine, Nashville, Tenn.

    Research Fellowship, Orthopaedics/Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York

    Certifications and Special Training

    American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

  • Procedures performed

    • Shoulder arthroplasty (Total shoulder arthroplasty, Reverse shoulder arthroplasty, Hemiarthroplasty, Humeral resurfacing, Revision shoulder arthroplasty, Arthroplasty for proximal humerus fractures)
    • Shoulder stabilization procedures (Arthroscopic, Open, Bony (Latarjet), Anterior and posterior)
    • Rotator cuff repair – open and arthroscopic
    • Rotator cuff augmentation for partial thickness tears
    • Biceps tenotomy and tenodesis
    • AC joint resections and reconstructions
    • SC joint resections and reconstructions
    • Repair of proximal humerus, clavicle and scapular fractures
    • Medial (Tommy John) and lateral ulnar collateral ligament reconstructions
    • Distal biceps repair
    • Debridement, repair, and transplantation of osteochondral lesions of the elbow
    • Muscle transfers for scapular dyskinesis
    • Shoulder (glenohumeral) fusions
    • Scapulothoracic fusions